Greater Flamingo

Greater flamingo-small

Identification:

Length 120-145cm
Wing span 140-170cm
Adult:
White, tinged pink
Red wing coverts
Black flight feathers
Decurved bill with black tip, red-orange in middle and pale yellow near eye in nominate, dark pink in roseus
Legs pink and extremely long
Juvenile:
Grey-brown with whitish underparts

Habitat:

Salt pans and large bodies of shallow water, inland and coastal; saline and brackish waters preferred.

Behaviour:

Highly gregarious

Diet:

The diet includes small crustaceans, molluscs, and insects.

Vocalisation:

Loud cackles

Breeding:

Breed in large colonies in nests that consists of mud compacted into a mound on top of which the nest of mud and twigs is situated, this is built by both sexes. 1 white egg is laid, and incubated by both parents for 27-31 days.

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